Agenda and minutes

Derry City and Strabane District Council
Thursday 28 November 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

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C330/19

Notice and Summons of Meeting

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The Mayor read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

 

C331/19

Member Attendance and Apologies

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The Mayor completed the roll call and recorded apologies from Aldermen Bresland and Ramsey and Councillor Cusack.

 

C332/19

Webcasting Notice

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The Mayor read the Webcast Announcement for the Meeting.

 

C333/19

Declarations of Members' Interests

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Alderman McCready and Councillors J Boyle and Fleming declared an interest in the minute item City of Derry Airport Medium Term Funding Proposition and Short Term Funding Requirements (GSP135/19).

 

Chairperson's Business

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C334/19

Castlederg Fire Service

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The Mayor advised that Councillor McHugh wished to raise a matter under Chairperson’s Business and invited him to address the Chamber.

 

                        Councillor McHugh thanked the Mayor for allowing him to raise a serious issue regarding lack of fire service provision in the Castlederg area. 

 

                        He expressed concern at the inadequate  ...  view the full minutes text for item C334/19

C335/19

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Thursday 24 October 2019 pdf icon PDF 416 KB

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The Minutes of the Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 24 October 2019 (C281/19-C321/19) were submitted.

                        Alderman Devenney Moved, Councillor J Boyle Seconded and the Council.

Resolved       that the above Minutes be adopted, as a true record of the Meeting

 

Matters Arising

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C336/19

Notice of Motion - Proposed Strike Action by Postal Workers (C314/19)

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Councillor Jackson referred to the motion passed by Council on 24 October 2019 which highlighted Council’s support for all health care workers taking strike action.  He stated that he wished to highlight a further concern from healthcare workers regarding 7,000 non-medical vacancies that currently existed within Health Service with almost  ...  view the full minutes text for item C336/19

C337/19

Adoption of the Open Minutes of the following Committees

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C337/19a

Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 5 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 243 KB

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The Minutes of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on 5 November 2019 (GSP128/19-GSP144/19) were submitted.

                        Councillor McLaughlin Moved, Alderman McClintock Seconded and the Council

 

Resolved       that the above minutes, be adopted as a true record of the meeting

                        Alderman Warke joined the meeting at this point.

 

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C338/19

City Deal/Strategic Growth Projects Update Report (GSP133/19)

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Councillor Gallagher referred to the discussion that had taken place at the committee meeting regarding the progression of the City Deal and sought assurance that key issues such as funding, governance and projects would be addressed. He proposed that Council set up a working group to collectively move forward with  ...  view the full minutes text for item C338/19

C339/19

City of Derry Airport Medium Term Funding Proposition and Short Term Funding Requirements (GSP135/19)

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Councillor Gallagher referred to the above item and proposed that Council did not endorse the recommendation to approve a maximum additional underwrite of funding of CoDA (Operations) Limited between now and 31 March 2021 of £750, from in-year capital savings.  He stated that he had raised issues regarding the lack  ...  view the full minutes text for item C339/19

C340/19

Policy on the Use of Tobacco Products and Electronic Cigarettes within the Workplace (GSP140/19)

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Councillor Donnelly proposed that Council not to accept the recommendation to adopt the Policy regarding the use of e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’. He stated that e-cigarettes did not burn tobacco or create smoke and it was widely acknowledged that it was significantly less harmful than smoking and was an effective aid  ...  view the full minutes text for item C340/19

C341/19

Strategic Growth Plan - Draft Statement of Progress (GSP132/19)

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Councillor Harkin stated he wished to raise a matter regarding Ulster University.  He stated that Council had agreed that all options would be considered in terms of looking at university provision and expansion in the city.  He asked if any action had been taken on the motion passed by Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item C341/19

C342/19

Standing Orders in Relation to the Time of Submission of Notices of Motion (GSP138/19)

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The Lead Legal Services Officer referred to the report presented to the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee regarding a review of Standing Orders.  He advised that a proposal was contained within the report that Standing Order 17.1 would be amended to require written amendments to the Standing Orders.  He advised  ...  view the full minutes text for item C342/19

C342/19a

Monthly Planning Committee held on Wednesday 6 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 339 KB

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The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 6 November 2019 (P135/19-P146/19) were submitted.

Alderman Kerrigan Moved, Seconded by Councillor McKinney and the Council

Resolved       that the above minutes be adopted as a true record of the Meeting

 

C342/19b

Monthly Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on Thursday 7 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 258 KB

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The Minutes of the Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on 7 November 2019 (AAR63/19-AAR74/19).

Councillor McKinney Moved, Seconded by Councillor McGuire and the Council

Resolved       that the above minutes be adopted, as a true record of the Meeting.

 

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C343/19

Corporate Health, Safety and Wellbeing Update (AAR72/19)

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Councillor Gallagher stated that he wished to raise an issue in Strabane town regarding large numbers of pigeons that had flocked in certain areas, particularly at a local crèche facility.  He stated that 70 children used the crèche which he described as a health hazard due to the large number  ...  view the full minutes text for item C343/19

C343/19a

Monthly Planning Committee (Reconvened) Monday 11 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 169 KB

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The Minutes of the Planning Committee (reconvened) held on Monday 11 November 2019 (BC147/19 – BC148/19) were submitted.

                        Councillor J Barr Moved, Seconded by Councillor Kelly and the Council

Resolved       that the above minutes be adopted as a true record of the meeting

 

C343/19b

Monthly Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 13 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 324 KB

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The Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 13 November 2019 (ER226/19 – ER247/19) were submitted.

                        Councillor Tierney Moved, Seconded by Councillor Ferguson and the Council

Resolved       that the above minutes be adopted, as a true record of the Meeting

 

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C344/19

Leasing Opportunity - Strabane Pagoda (ER238/19)

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The Director of Environment and Regeneration referred to the above item and requested that Members approve an addition to the recommendation that legal services prepare and issue a lease agreement subject to LPS recommendations in relation to that particular issue.

Members unanimously agreed.

 

C345/19

Provision of Additional Festive Lights at Locations Across the City and District (ER242/19)

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Alderman McClintock stated that Alderman Ramsey had raised an issue at the committee meeting regarding Christmas lighting in the Drumahoe area which he described as the main gateway to the A6.  She requested that the matter be reviewed as a priority due to the lack of adequate lighting in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C345/19

C346/19

Use of Glyphosate on Council Grounds (ER246/19)

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Councillor Logue stated that she concurred with the remarks made by Councillor Jackson at the committee meeting regarding issues with the report and welcomed that a further more detailed report on costs would be presented at a future committee meeting.

 

C347/19

Monthly Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 14 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 409 KB

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The Minutes of the Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 14 November 2019 (HC193/19-HC209/19) were submitted.

                        Councillor Ferguson Moved, Seconded by Councillor Mellon and the Council

Resolved       that the above minutes be adopted as a true record of the Meeting.

 

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C348/19

Deputation: To receive Dr Bob Brown, Executive Director of Nursing/Director of Primary Care and Older People Services and Ms Geraldine McKay, Director Acute Services from WHSCT to discuss; i) Winter Resilience Planning and ii) Owen Mor Care Centre (HC196/19)

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Councillor Harkin referred to the very informative presentation from Dr Bob Brown, Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) where Members discussed at length the crisis at Owen Mor Care Centre.  He asked for an update on when the RQIA and the management of Owen Mor would be presenting to  ...  view the full minutes text for item C348/19

C349/19

Member Nominations to the Local Engagement Partnership Adults with Learning Disabilities (HC207/19)

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Alderman McClintock nominated Alderman Devenney as the DUP representative.

 

C350/19

Roll Out of 5G Network (HC200/19)

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Councillor R Barr stated that he was aware that his previously adjourned motion was to be presented at the meeting.  However, the fears of the people who had asked him to voice their concerns on the matter had been well documented and he proposed that Council asks government to conduct  ...  view the full minutes text for item C350/19

C351/19

Refurbishment of Works and Playing Pitches (HC205/19)

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Councillor Gallagher referred to a recent post on social media regarding Melvin Arena and the negative publicity towards Council.  He stated that Council should attempt to have the item removed from social media which gave details and a misinterpretation of discussions which had taken place at various meetings regarding work  ...  view the full minutes text for item C351/19

C352/19

Public Conveniences (HC208/19)

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Councillor Kelly referred to the public toilets in Cranagh and the potential transfer of those toilets to the community.  He stated that media reports in recent days had suggested that the decision had been taken to permanently close the public conveniences at Cranagh and he sought clarification on the matter.  ...  view the full minutes text for item C352/19

C353/19

Monthly Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 19 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 328 KB

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The Minutes of the Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 19 November 2019 (BC150/19 – BC174/19) were submitted.

                        Alderman Warke Moved, Seconded by Councillor Farrell and the Council

Resolved       that the above minutes, be adopted as a true record of the Meeting

 

C354/19

Special Meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 20 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 313 KB

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The Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 20 November 2019 (SER11/19 – SER14/19) were submitted.

                        On a matter of accuracy, Councillor McHugh referred to SER14/19 and stated that it should read ‘Erganagh Road’.

                        Alderman McCready Moved, Seconded by Councillor Ferguson and the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C354/19

C355/19

Appointment of Councillors to the Board of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners pdf icon PDF 150 KB

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The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the above report, previously circulated to Members.  She stated that the purpose of the report was to seek Council nominees to be considered by the Permanent Secretary for the Department of Infrastructure (DfI) for appointment to the Board of Londonderry  ...  view the full minutes text for item C355/19

C356/19

Guidance on 'Purdah' pdf icon PDF 175 KB

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The Chief Executive presented the above report, previously circulated to Members.  He stated that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of guidance issued by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association in respect of ‘Purdah’.
 
Councillor McCann enquired as to the statutory basis of Purdah as he felt  ...  view the full minutes text for item C356/19    

Notices of Motion

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C357/19

5G Network Technology

Councillor R Barr to Move:

 

Derry City and Strabane District Council has a moral responsibility to protect public health and the local environment.  Until there is more independent scientific consensus that 5G wireless radiation is harmless to humans and the environment, Derry City and Strabane District Council adopts the precautionary principle and will not endorse the roll out of 5G.

 

 

Councillor Cooper to Move:

 

This Council recognises that there is no such thing as a good Brexit.

 

But acknowledges the work undertaken to ensure the EU 27, stood strong in their negotiations around the withdrawal agreement.

 

This Council welcomes the removal of any suggestion of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

 

This Council welcomes the removal of any DUP veto;

 

and this Council welcomes the continuing support for the Good Friday Agreement, from Dublin, Brussels and from senior US political representatives on Capitol Hill.

 

Go n-aithníonn an Chomhairle seo nach bhfuil a leithéid de rud ann agus Breatimeacht maith.

 

Ach aithníonn sí an obair atá déanta le déanamh cinnte gur sheas an EU 27 go láidir ina gcaibidlí maidir leis an aontú aistarraingthe.

 

Fáiltíonn an Chomhairle seo roimh chosc ar mholadh ar bith go mbeadh teorainn chrua ar oileán na hÉireann,

 

Fáiltíonn an Chomhairle seo roimh bhaint veto an DUP

 

Fáiltíonn an Chomhairle seo roimh an tacaíocht leanúnach do Chomhaontú Aoine an Chéasta, ó Bhaile Átha Cliath, an Bhruiséil agus ó ionadaithe sinsearacha polaitíochta ó SA ar Chnoc an Chaipeatóil.

 

Councillor Reilly to Move:

 

This Council acknowledges the work of the North West Migrants Forum who deal with people from minority ethnic communities.

 

This Council recognises that in May 2018 the British and Irish governments signed a memorandum on the Common Travel Area committing both parties ‘to ensuring that any necessary steps are taken to give effect to the associated reciprocal rights and privileges.’

 

This Council recognises that there are challenges facing non-EU nationals living on these islands and resolves to write to both the Taoiseach and the Prime Minister urging agreement to include those non-EU citizens - who have a right of permanent residence in one jurisdiction - to have rights and privileges in the other via the Common Travel Area.

 

Councillors McCann, Donnelly and Carr and Aldermen McClintock and Guy to Move:

 

That a special Council committee, to be known as the “Mobuoy Committee,” be established with a remit to champion clean-up of the illegal Mobuoy Road waste dump.

 

That the issue of the Mobuoy Road dump be henceforth included in the agenda for each meeting of the Council.  

 

That the committee report to the Council each month on progress towards clean-up of the dump.  

 

That the Mobuoy Committee be given a remit to liaise on a continuous basis with stakeholders and interested parties in the Mobuoy Road issue and to report back to the full Council.

 

Councillor Farrell to Move:

 

Council notes unprecedented hospital waiting lists and demand for GP services;

 

Further notes funding pressures facing Trusts across the North;

 

Recognises that patients and staff  ...  view the full agenda text for item C357/19

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Councillor R Barr requested that the Motion be withdrawn.

 

C358/19

Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement

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Councillor Cooper Moved, Seconded by Councillor Mellon

That    This Council recognises that there is no such thing as a good Brexit.

 

But acknowledges the work undertaken to ensure the EU 27, stood strong in their negotiations around the withdrawal agreement.

 

This Council welcomes the removal of any suggestion of a  ...  view the full minutes text for item C358/19

C359/19

Rights and Privileges for Non-EU Citizens

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Councillor Reilly Moved, Seconded by Councillor Tierney

That    This Council acknowledges the work of the North West Migrants Forum who deal with people from minority ethnic communities

 

This Council recognises that in May 2018 the British and Irish governments signed a memorandum on the Common Travel Area committing both parties  ...  view the full minutes text for item C359/19

C360/19

Mobuoy Road Waste Site

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Councillors McCann, Donnelly and Carr and Aldermen McClintock and Guy Moved, Seconded by Alderman McClintock

                        After agreement from Members and the Mayor, Councillor McCann was permitted to alter the wording of the proposal.

That    the issue of the Mobuoy Road dump be henceforth included in the agenda for each meeting  ...  view the full minutes text for item C360/19

C361/19

Health Service Crisis

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Councillor Farrell Moved, Seconded by Councillor Tierney

That    Council notes unprecedented hospital waiting lists and demand for GP services;

 

Further notes funding pressures facing Trusts across the North;

 

Recognises that patients and staff alike are being let down by the political impasse which has resulted in no Health Minister for  ...  view the full minutes text for item C361/19

C362/19

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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Councillor Donnelly Moved, Seconded by Councillor Durkan

That    In conjunction with the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People which takes place on the 29th November, Derry City and Strabane District Council express our solidarity and reaffirm our support for the Palestinian people.

 

After voting by a show  ...  view the full minutes text for item C362/19

C363/19

Political Censorship

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Councillor Gallagher Moved, Seconded by Councillor Carr

That    This Council contacts social media group Facebook and demand an end to their political censorship of Independent Councillor Gary Donnelly.  Furthermore this Council supports any legal action taken by Councillor Donnelly in an effort to end this political censorship.

 

Alderman McCready stated  ...  view the full minutes text for item C363/19

C364/19

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Inquiry

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On a point of order, Alderman McClintock advised that Council were now in a period of Purdah and that the motionwas aimed at a specific political party and was also being presented by a Councillor who was standing as a candidate in the Westminster Elections.  She stated that Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item C364/19

C365/19

Responses to Motions pdf icon PDF 193 KB

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The Chief Executive presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to advise Members of correspondence received in relation to Motions passed by Council.

Councillor Farrell stated that he was encouraged by the response from Tracy Meharg,  ...  view the full minutes text for item C365/19

C366/19

Resolutions from Other Councils pdf icon PDF 87 KB

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The Chief Executive presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to advise Members of correspondence received in relation to resolutions from other councils.

 

C367/19

Sealing List - November 2019 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

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Councillor J Boyle Moved, Councillor Tierney Seconded and the Council

Resolved       that the seal of the Council be affixed to the following documents

                                    Sealing List November 2019

                                    Documents Sealed 18th October 2019

 

Licence in duplicate:- Department for Communities ~and~ Derry City and Strabane District Council relating to use of  ...  view the full minutes text for item C367/19